Assessment of building information modeling (BIM) knowledge among the Nigerian students of architecture

Authors: Isah O.S, Usman A. A, Olorunmotito P. L

BIM is has gradually become a global standard to rate the efficiency and sustainability of building design, construction and maintenance. Application of knowledge of BIM in building industry is capable reducing the incident of building collapse to the barest minimum if not completely eliminated. It is a veritable tool through which critical stakeholders in the building business collaborate to perfect the outcome of building project. Above all, it helps the professionals to put to test even before the site work the reality of the design. The costs are almost ascertained along the design process. With all of its known potentials, there are little or no indications that it has impacted much on the Nigerian students particularly the students of Architecture. The negative implication of this in the training of students of architecture and the development of the profession is very grave. It amount to raising architects who are not tune with current technological advancement in the building industry. Therefore, this research is aimed at assessing the level of knowledge of BIM among Nigerian students of Architecture. The study employed qualitative research approach through literature review on the subject matter and also conduct interview on students of architecture in Nigerian tertiary institutions using random sampling technique. The interview was done using structured open ended interview guide. The responses were analyzed through thematic method. The results were discussed, conclusion was drawn there from and recommendations were made also from the findings.

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